PSL: Our pick of the pile

2015-02-27 07:32
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Cape Town – The “madness” is about to end: Kaizer Chiefs will finally earn their first Premiership win since the Festive Season shutdown when they entertain Ajax Cape Town next Wednesday, say Sport24’s sages.

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Regularly during the PSL season, a panel made up of compiler Rob Houwing plus Garrin Lambley, Raymond Silinga, Earl Haupt, Wade Pretorius, Tashreeq Vardien and Maano Nekhavhambe will attempt to hit the right buttons in forecasting a bunch of the most attractive games on paper.

We will keep a season-long leaderboard showing who is prospering and which poor souls are floundering: three points for fully correct scoreline, one for right result.

Here’s our next group of spiciest picks ...

1. Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Saturday 18:00, Orlando Stadium

Both teams won their last matches (Pirates against Platinum Stars and Polokwane against Swallows) and only one place separates them on the table: the Sea Robbers are fourth and Saturday’s visitors fifth. But there is full-house sentiment that Pirates will win -- perhaps with thoughts in mind that they won the first-round away clash by a convincing 3-0 margin in late August. I do fancy it to be much closer in Soweto, mind.

Rob’s tip: 1-0
Garrin: 2-1
Raymond: 2-0
Earl: 2-0
Wade: 2-0
Tashreeq: 2-0         
Maano: 1-0

2. Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns, Tuesday 19:30, Bidvest Stadium

Appealing fixture, this, as two sides to have really hit the ground running since the break clash in the cramped confines of Bidvest Stadium. They are level on points, although second-placed ‘Downs have a game in hand. It was a scoreless draw in the first-round meeting back in October, and I suspect (so do Garrin and Tashreeq) a share of the spoils again. Wits may take some motivation from nobody on the panel seeing them as winners on the night!

Rob: 1-1
Garrin: 1-1
Raymond: 0-1
Earl: 0-1
Wade: 1-2
Tashreeq: 0-0     
Maano: 0-1

3. Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Wednesday 19:30, FNB Stadium

A mere one point from six since the lengthy break ... are the once-runaway Amakhosi possibly going to be reined in? Suddenly it’s not out of the question, especially as defending champions Sundowns have earned maximum points, by contrast, since the recess and ditto Wits. Chiefs need to settle their fans’ nerves by getting back to winning ways, and although seventh-placed Ajax aren’t the easiest foes, five of our panel see them leaving completely empty-handed.

Rob: 2-1
Garrin: 2-1
Raymond: 2-1
Earl: 1-1
Wade: 2-0
Tashreeq: 2-1       
Maano: 1-1


43 - Earl
40 - Wade
36 - Garrin
35 - Maano & Ray
34 - Tashreeq & Rob

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